Shareholder and Securities Litigation
Shareholders deserve honesty, accountability, and transparency from the companies in which they invest. Companies that mislead the market harm their investors and the broader economy. Those who suffer loss or damage from securities fraud and misconduct are entitled to redress.
Our clients include some of the largest and most influential pension schemes, private investors, sovereign wealth funds, and investment platforms across Europe, the Middle East, North America, and the Asia Pacific.
Investor claims involve complex financial issues and require specialist expertise. We provide clients with the experience and endurance to take on the largest companies and most powerful institutions. We have strong and enduring relationships with litigation funders, developed over many years, that enable us to obtain the funding our clients need to fight cases confidently from a position of strength.
Data Protection and Privacy
We act for people whose personal data has been breached or misused by private or public bodies.
The security and misuse of personal data are critical issues today. Private and public organisations collect vast amounts of personal data, but do not always protect it adequately or use it ethically and transparently. The misuse or breach of personal data can be extremely damaging, financially and emotionally, and can even be life changing.
Personal data is valuable. Tech companies all too often profit from using our data in unexpected ways or by passing it on to third parties without adequate transparency or informed consent.
There continue to be mass data breaches, including by hackers who then sell that information on the dark web, which could readily have been prevented by taking simple security measures.
Governments, police forces and security firms may abuse their powers when gathering information.
We provide clients with the skills and expertise to take on complex data protection claims, including group and representative actions, against the toughest opponents.
Financial and Investment Product Mis-selling
We represent people who have been mis-sold or negligently advised in relation to high value financial and investment products such as interest rate swaps, insurance, property and other complex investments.
This includes claims against:
- banks and insurers
- investment companies
- independent investment advisors
- accountants, solicitors and insurance brokers
Our experience ranges from multimillion-pound claims by small and medium-sized businesses that were mis-sold interest rate hedging products by major banks, to claims for groups of investors who were fraudulently sold international property investments.
We pride ourselves on being approachable and sensitive to clients’ needs, while providing clients with the skills, experience and endurance to take on heavyweight claims against the toughest opponents.
Consumer Law and Product Liability
We fight for people who have been injured by dangerous products or sold defective products through mis-selling and fraud.
This includes compensation claims for:
- personal injuries caused by pharmaceuticals, medical devices and other products
- people who have bought high value consumer products such as cars because of misrepresentations or fraud
- people who have bought homes affected by serious building defects.
Our experience includes acting in some of the most significant product liability cases in the last decade. This includes acting in group claims for people:
- born with congenital malformations caused by the drug thalidomide
- who bought Volkswagen vehicles containing emissions test cheating software
- who bought flats in tower blocks with serious fire safety defects, such as Grenfell Tower-style combustible cladding.
We pride ourselves on being approachable and sensitive to clients’ needs, while providing clients with the skills and experience to take on the biggest claims against the toughest opponents.
Competition and Antitrust
Breaches of competition law stifle the proper functioning of markets. Consumers and businesses are overcharged for goods and services. Innovation and consumer choice are diminished.
We fight for the victims of breaches of competition law by bringing actions for damages caused by:
- price-fixing and cartels
- retail price maintenance
- other anti-competitive agreements
- abuse of dominance
For many years, there was a growing recognition that consumers and small businesses in the UK could not realistically enforce their rights regarding breaches of competition law. The cost and complexity of taking on usually deep-pocketed cartelists was simply too great. Parliament finally recognised this by passing the Consumer Rights Act 2015. That law introduced, for the first time, an opt-out class action system for competition law breaches to the UK.
An opt-out class action system enables a single representative claimant to bring a claim on behalf of all persons affected by a breach of the law. It is called an “opt-out” action because all potential claimants are covered by the claim unless they choose to opt out. People who do not opt out do not participate in the claim, but they are entitled to a share of the damages if the action is successful. While the new system remains too weighted towards protecting the interests of defendants, it offers the opportunity for consumers and small businesses to recover damages in the right circumstances.
Class actions and other collective competition law claims involve complex economic evidence and procedural issues and require the right expertise. Our experience includes bringing the first opt-out class action in the UK. We provide clients with the skills, experience and endurance to take on heavyweight claims. We have strong and enduring relationships with litigation funders, developed over many years, that enable us to obtain the funding our clients need to fight cases confidently from a position of strength.